Learn more about how the EU works, improve your language skills and build a new contact network. Take the chance to do a traineeship at an EU institution or an EU agency.

Each year, several thousand students and recent graduates from Europe and around the world are given the opportunity to do traineeships at an EU institution or an EU agency. An EU traineeship is a chance to learn about the machinery of the EU from the inside, to improve your language skills and to develop valuable networks. Additionally, an EU traineeship is often an advantage when applying for jobs.

You will receive a monthly grant of around €1000, varying a bit between the different institutions.

What can you do?

Placements are possible at all EU institutions and most of the EU agencies. Opportunities and conditions, such as the educational background they require, differ between the various traineeship programs. The length of the tranieeship can also vary.

During your traineeship, you participate in the daily work of the institution/agency and the unit at which you are placed. This may include attending and organising meetings and workshops, writing documents and reports, answering questions and participating in projects. What you can do largely depends on your background at the institution at which you are doing your traineeship.

The most common locations for EU-trainees are Brussels, Luxemburg and Strasbourg. However, traineeships are also available at EU representations and liaison offices in the member states, and at EU delegations in countries outside the EU and Europe.

Who can apply?

In order to be eligible for a traineeship, it is necessary to have a complete university degree (at least a Bachelor’s), a good level of English, French or German, and excellent knowledge in another official EU language (Swedish is one of these). You must have graduated before you apply.

Traineeship for translators require that your mother tongue is one of the EU’s official languages and that you can translate to your mother tongue from two other EU languages (of which one must be English, French or German).

When applying for an EU traineeship, you should be interested in issues relating to the EU, have a positive attitude and be willing to learn more about the EU institutions, agencies and bodies and how they work.

You cannot apply for an EU-traineeship if have been a trainee (paid or unpaid) or have worked at an EU institution or other related authority longer than six weeks (for some traineeship programs – two months).

When and how to apply?

Every traineeship program has its own application procedure. Some traineeship programs have set application periods and set starting dates (February-March and September-October). Other traineeship programs have no deadlines for applications and accept trainees depending on available budget and current projects.

All EU institutions and most of the EU-agencies and even some EU bodies offer various paid and unpaid traineeship programs, that entail their own application and selection procedures. Information about current placements and links to the various institutions can be found in the “Links” section.

Application dates and placement periods for EU traineeship programs are published on EU Careers Sweden Facebook page

If you have any questions, please contact:
Asia Riazantceva, Swedish Council for Higher Education,
E-mail: concours@uhr.se

Page last updated 2021-02-26